Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has encouraged forty-nine Special Police Constables (SPCs) who took the oath of office this week to safeguard the reputation of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) as they seek to uphold the laws of this country.
“As many of you know, my father was a policeman for over four decades,” Pierre wrote on his official Facebook page.
And the PM said he witnessed first-hand the honour and pride with which his father served.
“With the cooperation of the citizens and support from the Government, we can make Saint Lucia an enjoyable and safe country once again,” the PM expressed.
Dorian O’ Brien, the Officer in Charge of the RSLPF while Police Commissioner Milton Desir is on vacation, explained that currently, the number of SPCs is supposed to be 235.
” As a result of the upgrades that we have had within the police force, as of June 29, 2021, our strength is 1, 143, and our strength is supposed to be at 1, 228,” he stated.
“But what you find is that it is not an addition to the force, and I would like to make it clear, it is just that we are filling in the ranks of those who got promoted, those who have retired, etc. So those persons that we have on the outside had already gone through a period of training when they were peace officers and as SRPs so we felt it necessary, looking at the COVID situation moving forward that we need all hands on deck, and it is opportune now to bring those persons in to fill in the positions of the SPCs who previously were upgraded to police constables,” he observed.
O’ Brien also disclosed that there’s still a need to fill another 40 vacancies within the ranks of the special constables.